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Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

American Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Stars
    Go here. Experience the crab. It's worth it.
  • Tips
    Nate R.
    "Try the eggs chesapeake, they're outstanding!"(15 Tips)
    Sabrina Z.
    "Late night oyster happy hour from 11-close is the best in the city!"(10 Tips)
    Michelle S.
    "Orca platter 1/2 price during happy hour, great deal!"(9 Tips)
    Eric A.
    "The Trout Parmesan is huge…but delicious!"(9 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon652 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • chesapeake
  • good for groups
  • good for dates
  • orca platter
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  • Karli S.heart icon on user image
    Karli ScottJanuary 19, 2016
    Make a reservation in advance if you're coming on a weekend for dinner. This is a busy place, but is really worth the planning. I loved their crab cakes, and everyone else in my party love this place.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • stepher
    stepherApril 21, 2015
    If you're having trouble getting dinner reservations and your schedule allows, try for lunch. We were seated within five minutes on the day of the Easter Egg Roll. Delicious drinks & food.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BeckJuly 5, 2013
    One of my best meals in DC. Very attentive staff. Excellent Mussels. From the location and decor I expected this to be an expensive dinner stop but was pleasantly surprised at my tab.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • annlouheart icon on user image
    annlouNovember 6, 2017
    Amazing place. It’s cozy. Food and service is good We went for a late lunch and asked to be seated in one of the booths in the bar at the corner.
  • Bokyung P.
    Bokyung ParkApril 1, 2022
    One of the oldest restaurant in D.C. The decor is nice and fresh oysters are excellent. Moderately priced. I recommend making a reservation; this place is always busy.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 28, 2017
    Old school DC spot. The place is massive (still want to make a reservation) with 4 bars. They’ll shake your martinis table side. Oysters, crab & artichoke dip and Caesar to start. Veal chop for a main
  • Alex M.heart icon on user image
    Alex MarieMay 28, 2017
    Omg! The crab and artichoke dip is out of this world. Also the pan seared Atlantic salmon my husband loved! Highly recommend. Not so much the cream brûlée. But heard the peanut butter pie is great!
  • Charla P.heart icon on user image
    Charla PayneDecember 12, 2015
    The oyster variety was fabulous to try! The restaurant was packed and a little noisy but the service was great and the bar is great! If you want a nice atmosphere then this is the place. Worth the wai
  • HalaH A.heart icon on user image
    HalaH AAugust 7, 2018
    Beef steak tomatoes with pears & yogurt starter was refreshing. The bruschetta was highly recommended! We also tried the crab cake, French toast, and the fried green tomatoes! Good food & big portions
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ChanMarch 7, 2019
    A very decent and classic American restaurant close to the White House. I tried the crab cake Benedicts with their home fries which smell sososo great! Nice breakfast before the White House tour.
  • Trish B.heart icon on user image
    Trish BurnsideApril 27, 2019
    Oysters for sure. Blue crab pasta is to die for!!! Hubby had the meatloaf and said, hands down, “best meatloaf ever.” Definitely make a reservation or be prepared to wait an hour+.
  • Maarten A.
    Maarten AlbardaDecember 1, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    We have a family tradition: the day after Thanksgiving we have lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. We love the history of the place, and the significance of the location. Plus: the food is pretty great!
  • Kay T.heart icon on user image
    Kay TOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down, my favorite place in town. Love their food and the oyster happy hours. Book in advance for the evening! Big parties are welcome there, but it's not a perfect choice for those, we tried.
  • Mikala S.heart icon on user image
    Mikala SMarch 9, 2018
    Friendly, efficient bartenders and staff. Great for late night. This is where all the other DC servers and bartenders come, so you know it must be good!
  • Ami
    AmiOctober 19, 2017
    This place is so good. You really can't go wrong with anything you order here. Everything I've ever had is absolutely delicious. It's also reasonably priced.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsSeptember 2, 2012
    Must try the Good Burger with blue cheese, jalapeño onion marmalade, shredded lettuce with A-1 aioli and of course bacon on the side.
  • Annette H.heart icon on user image
    Annette HAugust 7, 2022
    Stately place, great atmosphere, excellent bartender, great food. Recommended to me by a Secret Service guy & he was spot on. Ducked in to avoid storm & missed being struck my lightning by 30 mins.
  • Darnell J.heart icon on user image
    Darnell JonesSeptember 20, 2016
    The crab cakes are excellent. Also enjoyed the clam chowder. However the ambience is it strongest point! Come on, less than 2 blocks from the White House!
  • Rob C.heart icon on user image
    Rob CampbellJuly 27, 2015
    The wings are really good. They aren't necessarily buffalo or hot wings but they have a lot of flavor and may make you sweat and will make your tongue sensitive but if you like wings you'll like these
  • Deborah B.
    Deborah BatesMarch 10, 2016
    Mad Men feel, Old Washington Congressman feel, Dark, just found out every president since 1856 has been here, Crab Cake (which buy the way, was mostly lump crab, AMAZING!)
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DaSilvaJuly 13, 2018
    A DC institution. Oysters for life! Close to the Mall and gets crowded so reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner, but you can usually drop in late night for a spot at the bar.
  • Krista G.
    Krista GentileNovember 18, 2013
    The oysters were great the crab and spinach dip was awesome! Mussels are delicious and they give you a large amount. Crab cakes were good and you must try the casanelloa de Casa, amazing! Get dessert
  • Reagan B.heart icon on user image
    Reagan BarbosaFebruary 13, 2017
    The Oyster Stew was quite delicious, and my mother really enjoyed her jumbo lump crab cake. Trout was just ok. Of course, the atmosphere is the real pull of this place:) Been around since 1856.
  • Wim M.heart icon on user image
    Wim MathuesMay 27, 2019
    Known for their seafood, the crab omelet was great, but I also enjoyed the Cubano Sandwich! Fast and friendly service, but when it's busy you know when they want you to go asap...
  • Elisaheart icon on user image
    ElisaApril 6, 2019
    Can be a bit of a wait but you can put your name down and walk around. Crab cakes are so good. Their pina colada is great. Oatmeal cookie alcoholic drink is also great.
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CallahanNovember 16, 2016
    Don't be put off by a long wait for a table. They'll give you a device to tell you when your table is ready and just head to one of their 3 bars and get the pre-dinner drinks started.
  • Cheryl
    CherylSeptember 7, 2014
    Korean tacos are delicious! Handful of draft beers to choose from. Most foods I tried here are delicious. Friendly, helpful staff. Open late (2am) and close to White House. Doesn't disappoint. Trust;)
  • Christina T.heart icon on user image
    Christina Tyler WenksNovember 4, 2017
    Artichoke dip, crab cakes, raw oysters... Old Ebbitt never disappoints. Dinner reservations are best on weekends and near holidays. Worth the wait if you choose to wait at one of the bars.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ColellaMay 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Known for the best raw bar and its half price M-Th 3-6. Check weekend times. The cheese plate is fantastic. 4 cheeses brie to blue, a strawberry jam that incredible. Too bad don't bottle I asked.
  • Daycation DC
    Daycation DCJuly 8, 2013
    Washington, DC’s oldest saloon full of history. Try the Crab and Artichoke Dip, Cannelloni di Casa, or Parmesan Shrimp Caesar Wrap - all are excellent lunch choices. Read more
  • Jason H.heart icon on user image
    Jason H.April 2, 2019
    Cool place to check out. Busy and energetic. Large bar, comfy booths, all the food is good. Make a reservation if going on a weekend night.
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaJanuary 24, 2015
    Food is always amazing. Have brunch and enjoy a piece of history. Someone very important once sat where you are sitting. Lucky you. Old Ebbitt Grill is Washington DC.
  • Edgar E.heart icon on user image
    Edgar EJune 30, 2016
    BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese and Crab Cakes were so good. Also, had a solid beer selection. But if you can, come back for the breakfast.
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.November 5, 2013
    Sit at the back bar (to the left, up the stairs when you enter). Chili is outstanding and the bat renders will give you a but back if you order 2-3 at the bar. Plus, Secret Service everywhere.
  • Garrie F.
    Garrie FarrowMay 19, 2014
    The place had an hour to hour & half wait for a table, but you can eat in the bar. The bartenders were fantastic great drinks (see the pic). Even with the crowd, they provided excellent service.
  • Ericheart icon on user image
    EricJune 5, 2015
    Deborah is the best! She's really funny, honest, and great to chat with. Don't decide what you're eating based on the menu you find online. The menu in store has way better suggestions.
  • Mike K.heart icon on user image
    Mike KalenOctober 12, 2014
    Traditional DC power scene. Eat at one of the two bars. The bar in the back is better. More traditional. Oysters were great. Pasta with sausage and lobster pot pie were very good.
  • Guillermo M.heart icon on user image
    Guillermo MendozaJanuary 8, 2019
    Great place overall. Awesome oysters Rockefeller, all food we tried was great and top class service. We'll definitely come back.
  • Camilo A.heart icon on user image
    Camilo AngelMay 18, 2019
    Established in the first half of the nineteenth century, this restaurant is still a gem. Open until late, so you can have drinks in the city and then stop for a bite.
  • Katie C.heart icon on user image
    Katie CarrJuly 6, 2016
    I had the shrimp with pimento cheese grit cakes 😳 All I can say is AAAMAZING! Crab dip appetizer was awesome as well!
  • Raied F.
    Raied FarghalyAugust 15, 2018
    Service by tutu was awesome. Get the chicken and bruschetta and crab cake.
  • JL
    JLJanuary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't want a fancy meal, but want to try a DC classic? Grab a drink in the Duck Bar - to the left after you enter the main door!
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KJune 26, 2019
    Happy Hour at the Oyster Bar is the best! Huge shrimp 1/2price...dames for sliders! Shrimp & Grits was on the $ and my buddy’s pork chop was great!
  • Juan D.heart icon on user image
    Juan DiezJanuary 17, 2016
    Great value, great food. Awesome sandwiches and crabcakes, perfect location and broad wine and beer selection.
  • Uri
    UriApril 8, 2013
    Nice place with an amazing grilled kansas city strip steak, specially parried with Mas Petit! Number 125 on wine menu (Cab with a bit of Grenache..)
  • Brent G.heart icon on user image
    Brent GatewoodDecember 19, 2017
    The fennel sausage garganelli was great! The cocktail, Holy Grail, excellent as well. Do yourself a favor and stop by...
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HutchinsOctober 11, 2014
    Get the special Bloody Mary with the shrimp dressing. Great oysters always (check the annual Oyster festival). Country ham breakfast with fried green tomatoes - welcome start.
  • Hunter T.heart icon on user image
    Hunter ThomasNovember 11, 2015
    Classic DC spot, worth the wait or snag a spot at the bar. Crab artichoke dip is a must. Great oyster spread. Dig the steak salad, too. Great service.
  • Elle P.
    Elle PilosenoMarch 10, 2014
    The original old ebbitt was my parents' favorite place in the 70s! They assure me that the burgers are just as amazing now as they were then. I recommend the "good burger"!
  • Gail M.heart icon on user image
    Gail MitchellFebruary 26, 2017
    The healthy choice menu item is excellent and filling. Nice ambience and staff. Bathrooms need updating with their leaky faucets though.
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